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When you’ve had a long day, there is nothing better than coming home and finding a few minutes of quiet solitude to reflect and meditate about the day’s events. However, mediation can be a lot harder than you would think. It can be very difficult to find a quiet space at home, especially when you have other family obligations and commitments. Why not seek that quiet reflection in one of the many fantastic meditation centers available throughout Denver? You can get guided help learning about the practice of meditation, take classes, attend retreats and get a lot of support that you’d normally not get when attempting to meditate on your own at home. Here are a few of the best meditation centers in Denver.

Shambhala Meditation Center
2305 S. Syracuse Way
Denver, CO 80231
(303) 369-2807

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver offers public meditation as part of a curriculum of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, including practices for those who are more advanced. The public meditation is a practice called Shamatha, or peaceful abiding, and everyone is welcome to join on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you need some extra help learning more about the practice of meditation, you can get some guided assistance from the authorized staff free. If you want to check out more about the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver, visit its open house every Sunday morning for an introduction to the center. You’ll learn first hand all about the programs and opportunities that are offered there.

Kadampa Meditation Center Colorado
1081 Marion St.
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 813-9551

The Kadampa Meditation Center Colorado offers meditation classes and teachings in the Buddhist tradition for people of all walks of life and every faith. There are introductory classes offered three days of the week plus kids meditation every Sunday morning. Kadampa also offers regular workshops and retreats including study programs for those who want to learn more and dive in to the Buddhist practices. Kadampa Meditation Center Colorado is designed to help you find the happiness and freedom that meditation can bring, and you can get a lot of guided help learning just how to do it.

Meditation Denver
4100 Tennyson St.
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 883-6820

The classes offered at Mediation Denver are designed for everyone interested in meditation from beginner to advanced levels. You can join in on the group teaching or opt for individual instruction, all of which focus on the practices of Buddhism, including mindfulness of breathing, awakening and other methods. You are welcome to join the classes at any time and all classes are open to learners of any background or faith. There are many different classes and retreats to join at Meditation Denver, so you are sure to find the perfect environment to learn more about the art and practice of meditation.

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Zen Center of Denver
3101 W. 31st Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-1500

The Zen Center of Denver offers seated meditation known as zazen, which is the full expression of inherent enlightenment and the practice of working towards uncovering enlightenment, all of which are basically the heart of the practice of Zen. In addition to zazen, there are lots of other activities including open meditations, ceremonies, talks, chanting and other social activities. In order to start attending the sittings at the Zen Center, you must take the minimal training offered on Tuesday evenings. You can then join in and seek membership for the other classes at the Zen Center. The Zen Center is also open to people of all backgrounds, and is perfect for anyone looking to learn more about the practice of Zen.

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Mayu Sanctuary
1804 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 832-0033

Mayu Sanctuary is a drop-in center for meditation, classes and retreats for anyone interested in the practice and study of meditation. The Mayu store also has the largest selection of meditation supplies in the area, so you can find everything you’ll need in one place. Feel free to drop by Mayu for the drop-in meditation based on Buddhist and Hindu principles. You are welcome to stay as long as you like, and you pay what you feel the service is worth. Hot tea is also served with every visit. If you are looking for a bit more, then consider picking up the guided meditation with available MP3 players loaded with guided meditations and teachings ranging from five to 55 minutes. Or consider taking one of the many classes or retreats offered at Mayu Sanctuary for even more exposure and teachings about the principles and practices of meditation.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.